Skin cancer diagnoses are on the rise in Australia, despite the well-known SunSmart campaign which has been running for nearly four decades. Being SunSmart is about protecting your skin and eyes from damaging UV radiation – especially when outdoors from September to April.
Slip on a shirt with long sleeves. Material helps to protect your skin from harmful radiation by creating a barrier between your body and the UV rays. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you better protection from the sun.
Slop on some sunscreen. The higher the sun protection factor (SPF), the better! Aim to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30+. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, especially if you have gotten wet. Sunscreen only works if you apply it correctly, so click here for an easy guide.
Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, or a cap with flaps. Sunburn is most common on the face and neck than on any other part of the body, so it's important to keep these areas protected!
Seek shade whenever possible. Avoid going outside during the hottest parts of the day when the UV radiation is likely to be strongest. If you need to be outdoors, plan your activities for early or later in the day when UV levels are lower. Seek shade from an umbrella or leafy tree, and never stay in direct sunlight.
Slide on a pair of sunglasses Choose close fitting, wrap-around style sunglasses. Not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so always check the label for sun protection rating. It is especially important to wear sunglasses when the reflection of indirect sunlight is striking your face. For example, when on the water, sand, or snow, or in the car.
To learn how to properly apply sunscreen to maximise its benefits, download the free resource.
Prevention is better than a cure, and staying SunSmart will reduce your chance of suffering sun damage that leads to skin cancer in the future.